Paris Suburb Tells Halal Supermarket: ‘Stock Pork and Alcohol Or We’ll Shut You Down’
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“A halal supermarket in a Paris suburb has been told to start stocking pork and alcohol or face being shut down by the local authority.
Good Price discount mini-market in Colombes has been told by the local housing authority, from which it leases its premises, that failing to sell non-halal goods puts it in breach of its contract, which stipulates that the shop must act as a “general food store”.
The shop, which is run as a franchise, last year replaced another local general convenience store which had provided a full range of goods. The local authority is arguing that by limiting its range to halal goods, the shop is failing to serve the whole community.
“The mayor of Colombes, Nicole Goueta, went there herself and asked the owner to diversify the range of products by adding alcohol and non-halal meats,” the mayor’s chief of staff, Jérôme Besnard, told The Telegraph.
“We want a social mix. We don’t want any area that is only Muslim or any area where there are no Muslims.”
Adding that the reaction would have been the same had a kosher shop opened in the same location, he said that locals, particularly older residents, had complained that they could no longer purchase the full range of goods from the shop and were having to travel some distance to get groceries.
The Colombes authority is now taking legal action to end the lease on the premises early, rather than in 2019 when the lease expires. It argues that the store is breaching French republican principles by prioritising a certain group within society rather than catering to all.
However, Soulemane Yalcin, who runs the shop under franchise, says he is merely catering to the local clientele.
““It’s business,” he told Le Parisien.
“I look around me and I target what I see. The lease states ‘general food store and related activities’ – but it all depends on how you interpret ‘related activities’.”
He has hired a lawyer to fight the eviction bid. The case comes to court in October.”
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Mayors in Muslim Terror-hit France call off events over security fears
– Yahoo News
Lille (France) (AFP) – French authorities on Friday announced the cancellation of two major events over security fears, following last month’s Nice lorry attack that killed 85 people.
One of Europe’s biggest flea markets, in the northern French city of Lille, was cancelled, while the European road cycling championships, which were due to be held in Nice from September 14 to 18, were also called off on Friday.
“We have really tried our best, but there are risks we cannot reduce,” Lille Mayor Martine Aubry told a news conference alongside Michel Lalande, the top government official in the region.
Lille’s most popular event, held the first weekend of September each year, attracted nearly 2.5 million visitors in 2015.
Cancelling this year’s Grande Braderie de Lille was a “painful decision”, Aubry said.
Lalande said the decision was necessary because of the “hyper-urban format (of the market) with its streets full of people.”
He added: “There comes a time, despite our passions and our convictions, when we have to say stop.”
In Nice, meanwhile, mayor Philippe Pradal told a news conference that the decision to cancel the European road championships had been taken due to the level of policing available.
“Given that it was an event that would have required a large police presence, and that we have not received any guarantees about their deployment, the cycling championships that Nice was due to hold in France’s name are cancelled,” he said.
The two events are the latest to be called off following the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice on the French Riviera.
Many traditional and cultural festivities have been either downsized or cancelled altogether, with Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian saying the series of jihadist attacks in France put the country in a “war situation”.
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